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Table 2 An example of the abstraction process from meaning units to codes, subcategories, categories and themes

From: Lead users’ ideas on core features to support physical activity in rheumatoid arthritis: a first step in the development of an internet service using participatory design

Meaning unit Code Subcategory Category Theme
(1)’… then you can sign up. Maybe there are others with RA interesting in the same thing who I don’t know that show up… We can meet - Advertise and schedule planned exercise Contact with peers Social interaction Content
(2)’It is like a meeting place on the web site
(1) -Yes
(2)- Then you can meet     
  1. Note: FGI (number) = Focus group interview, (number) = the participant.